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  • Government mulling law to manage cricket: Attorney General to Supreme Court

    January 25, 2017

    Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the Centre is planning to come out with legislation for the administration of cricket in India. The apex court was informed this at a time when it is considering names to manage the BCCI’s regular affairs after the removal of its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke on January 2.
     
    The AG maintained that the game will be affected in case the autonomy of the cricket board and state associations is not acknowledged.
     
    Mr. Mukul Rohtagi said the court would have to look at the “bigger picture” and the repercussions of its directive that were bound to impact the autonomy of the BCCI and state associations.
     
    At this, a bench led by Justice Dipak Misra questioned the law officer whether they were contemplating to bring legislation on this subject. “Yes. We could…we are still mulling,” replied the AG.
     
    The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, then observed that the government did not appear certain about the effect of its proposed law. “From your submission, it appears that if you bring a legislation, you also are not sure what impact it will have on the international arena,” it told Rohatgi, who concurred with the bench.
     
    The AG submitted that if the State were to take over the BCCI, it will have international ramifications and therefore, the issue was tricky. “ICC rules require the government not to interfere with certain crucial aspects of administration of the BCCI and it must remain that way. At the end of the day, such bodies must have some autonomy,” he added. 

    OUR TAKE

    Cricket has always been a sport loved by all in India. The new legislation will give more autonomy to sports federations. It appears the decision to bat for Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and other sports bodies was taken at the highest political level, without consulting the union minister for sports Vijay Goel. We hope that SC, Government and attorney general find a suitable solution for the existing problem in a harmonious manner.


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